Essay The Power of Ideology

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The inception of an idea is more powerful than the atomic bomb. Indeed, without conflicting ideologies, there would be no call to use such a disparaging weapon. The ideas of influential leaders, both right and wrong, are more potent in war than what is universally understood. The world in actuality is ruled by them, and contrasting ideologies cause massive collateral damage. Conflicting ideologies of Communism and Capitalism were set aside in World War II when the Russians and the Americans united as allies to face Nazi Germany as the common enemy. With the defeat of Germany, Russia and the United States emerged as the two competing superpowers. These victors had the power to decide the fate of the world. The Communist Soviet Union had a…show more content…
The inception of an idea is more powerful than the atomic bomb. Indeed, without conflicting ideologies, there would be no call to use such a disparaging weapon. The ideas of influential leaders, both right and wrong, are more potent in war than what is universally understood. The world in actuality is ruled by them, and contrasting ideologies cause massive collateral damage. Conflicting ideologies of Communism and Capitalism were set aside in World War II when the Russians and the Americans united as allies to face Nazi Germany as the common enemy. With the defeat of Germany, Russia and the United States emerged as the two competing superpowers. These victors had the power to decide the fate of the world. The Communist Soviet Union had a world to win while Americans opposed this horrific design and favored Capitalism. This ideological conflict developed tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union that became known as the Cold War. Ideological warfare exploded around the world during this era both domestically in Joseph McCarthy’s lists of communist citizens and internationally leading us into the physical warfare of Korea, Vietnam, and the seven-minute close call in the Cuban Missile Crisis. How was the ideological warfare of the Cold War more dangerous than heated physical warfare? Ideological warfare of the Cold War established a lasting imprint that forever shaped our foreign policy. The United States had the endless task of containing the Soviet’s wildfire.
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